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On my way to Blizzcon last weekend I stopped in the bookstore at the airport just to see if any titles jumped out at me, and this clean green cover caught my interest. I hadn't read anything by John C. Maxwell so I decided to give it a shot—and ended up reading 15 Invaluable Laws Of Growth in less than a few days.
This book is about as cookie-cutter as self-development goes. It is clear, concise, "to the point," and very deliberate in saying "here is exactly what you need to do." It is an extremely quick read in the sense that it doesn't waste too much time on any particular point or topic. Instead, it is a very rapid overview of anything and everything as it pertains to the concept of "growth." For people who regularly read works in the self-development space, this book is a great reminder for what you need to focus on. And if you are new to self-development, this is the perfect style to get you started in the right direction.
One of the biggest takeaways from this book for me was the idea of intentional growth. Maxwell explains that people who rely on Accidental Growth all share the same qualities:
- Plan to start tomorrow
- Wait for growth to come to them
- Learn only from mistakes
- Depend on Good Luck
- Quit early and often
- Fall into bad habits
- Talk big
- Play it safe
- Think like a victim
- Rely on talent
- Stop learning after graduation
He then explains how Intentional Growth is the clear awareness of exactly what you want to improve upon, and finding deliberate ways of putting practices in place that will allow you to improve:
- Insist on starting today
- Take complete responsibility to grow
- Often learn before mistakes
- Rely on hard work
- Perseveres long after failure
- Fight for good habits
- Follow through to completion
- Take risks
- Think like a learner
- Rely on character
- Never stop growing
This is one of the hardest things to remember, especially during trying times—this idea that "in time" isn't a reliable growth strategy. If you want to improve in a specific area, then you need to be deliberate in your actions and practices.
No matter where you are in your journey, continuing to practice and master a constant growth mindset is crucial to any form of success—whether that's internal or external. This is a great book to get you started, or to remind self-development veterans of the wisdom found in even the most basic of principles.
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